What we like and where we learn, these are our favorite spots for innovative ideas ..

brute force collaborative

Brute Force Collaborative is a ‘collective’ of 2 Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies alumni .  “We cut our teeth moving dirt for a rammed earth house in Virginia, working long hours in Germany with pfeifer_kuhn architekten (Freiburg) and Chestnutt_Niess (Berlin), and presently are both living in Seattle.”


Building Performance Analysis – Better by Design

We consider BPA to be anything that has to do with analysis and simulation of buildings related to the environment, occupant comfort and safety. So measuring the carbon footprint of a building, the water needs or the potential for generating electricity from wind or solar would be BPA. Things like Computational Fluid Dynamics could be BPA (in our definition) depending on the application.


Design ReForm

Design ReForm is meant to be a source of information for the integration of design and software. This has tutorials on modeling techniques for 3ds Max, Revit, Vasari, Ecotect, Maya, Rhino, and more ..


Green & Sexy

Green & Sexy is a blog about sustainability in the built environment by Transsolar.
Transsolar is a climate engineering firm whose scope is to ensure the highest possible comfort in the built environment with the lowest possible impact on the environment. This is accomplished by developing and validating climate and energy concepts through the recognition that environmental conditions are influenced by all aspects and stages of design.



The Imagine blog is supported by the Imagine Group which is a network of teachers and constructors – of builders, structural planners and climate designers. The group sees itself as a merger of educational, research and planning institutions working on conceptual and experimental solutions for structural and climate-related challenges.


natural frequency

The aim of the Natural Frequency Journal is to provide a useful resource and act as a forum for anyone interested in energy efficient architecture and sustainable building design. The Journal endeavours to appeal to and assist architects, engineers, researchers, academics, enthusiasts and building specialists.


Performative Design

This is the personal website of Dr. Andrew Marsh, creator of the Ecotect environmental design and analysis tools.
This site is basically a online notebook, containing an eclectic mix of ideas, discussions and experiments in building performance analysis, generative design, computer programming, data visualization and web development – all organized under the following two primary themes: Performative Design and Informative Design.


Rethink Energy and Design

Rethink Energy and Design is here to provide building professionals a platform to connect, collaborate and otherwise participate in the dialogue around energy and our built environment. Rethink Energy and Design is brought to you by BetterBricks, the commercial building initiative of the non-profit Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, which is supported by local electric utilities.



RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute’s blog, explores topics critical to RMI’s mission to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources.
Contributors include RMI experts in our core practice areas, communications staff, and guest bloggers from the industry.
We strive to provide solid information, highlight thought-provoking topics, and foster valuable dialogue with supporters and thought-leaders. We encourage you to join our discussions and our community.



Every day, the sun provides us with15,000 times more energy than all six billion people on earth consume at present. We regard this as a gift from heaven. We are very happy to make use of this energy from the Boss himself. It is environmentally friendly, has no negative affect on the climate, is free of charge and will last another 4.5 billion years. We assure you: the sun has never sent us a bill!


The Sustainable Design Toolbox

RA European view on sustainable design and Autodesk’s sustainable design tools by Simon Gillis ..